king crab

noun
1. meat of large cold-water crab; mainly leg meat
Hypernyms: ↑crab, ↑crabmeat
2. large edible crab of northern Pacific waters especially along the coasts of Alaska and Japan
Hypernyms: ↑crab
Member Holonyms: ↑Paralithodes, ↑genus Paralithodes
Part Meronyms: ↑Alaska king crab, ↑Alaskan king crab, ↑Alaska crab
3. a large spider crab of Europe
Hypernyms: ↑spider crab
Member Holonyms: ↑Maja, ↑genus Maja, ↑Maia, ↑genus Maia
4. large marine arthropod of the Atlantic coast of North America having a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tail; a living fossil related to the wood louse
Hypernyms: ↑arthropod
Member Holonyms: ↑Limulus, ↑genus Limulus

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noun
1. : any of several closely related large marine arthropods of eastern No. America and eastern Asia constituting the only surviving members of the order Xiphosura and class Merostomata and having a broad crescentic cephalothorax with a pair of large compound eyes and two simple eyes on the upper surface and six pairs of legs arising from the lower surface about the centrally placed mouth, a small abdomen articulated to the cephalothorax with its segments fused into a single piece, swimming appendages to which the flat leaflike gills are attached, and a long stiff movably articulated caudal spine; especially : an arthropod (Limulus polyphemus syn. Xiphosurus polyphemus) found on sandy and muddy bottoms on the coasts of No. America from Maine to Mexico and the West Indies that attains a length of nearly two feet — called also horseshoe crab
2.
a. : a large European spider crab (Maia squinado)
b. : a large scarlet anomuran crab (Lopholithodes mandtii) of shallow water from California to Alaska
c. : the largest of the edible crabs (Paralithodes camtschaticus) often measuring five feet from claw tip to claw tip, weighing up to 15 pounds, and widely distributed in the No. Pacific

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2. Also called Alaskan king crab, Alaska crab. a large, edible crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of cold North Pacific waters, esp. abundant along the coasts of Alaska and Japan.
[1690-1700]

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king crab noun
1. Any of several large decapods valued as a food (also stone crab)
2. Same as ↑horseshoe crab (see under ↑horse)
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Main Entry:king

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king crab,
1. = horseshoe crab. (Cf.horseshoe crab)
2. a large true crab found along the shores of the northern Pacific; Alaskan king crab; Japanese crab. King crabs have extremely long legs and are sold for their meat.

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n.
1) an edible crab of the North Pacific, resembling a spider crab. Genus Paralithodes, family Lithodidae
2) another term for horseshoe crab

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noun, pl ⋯ crabs [count]
: a very large type of crab

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • King crab — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — king′ crab′ n. 1) ivt horseshoe crab 2) ivt a large, edible spider crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of N Pacific waters • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • king crab — ☆ king crab n. 1. a very large, edible spider crab (Paralithodes camtschatica) of the N Pacific 2. HORSESHOE CRAB …   English World dictionary

  • King crab — Taxobox name = King crabs image width = 220px image caption = Paralithodes californiensis regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Crustacea classis = Malacostraca ordo = Decapoda infraordo = Anomura superfamilia = Paguroidea familia =… …   Wikipedia

  • king crab — 1. See horseshoe crab. 2. Also called Alaskan king crab, Alaska crab. a large, edible crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, of cold North Pacific waters, esp. abundant along the coasts of Alaska and Japan. [1690 1700] * * * or Alaskan king crab or… …   Universalium

  • king crab — Horse Horse (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. & OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to run, E. course, current Cf. {Walrus}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus {Equus}; especially, the domestic horse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — Limulus Lim u*lus (l[i^]m [ u]*l[u^]s), n.; pl. {Limuli} ( l[imac]). [L., dim. of limus sidelong, askance.] (Zo[ o]l.) The only existing genus of Merostomata. It includes only a few species from the East Indies, and one ({Limulus polyphemus})… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king crab — /ˈkɪŋ kræb/ (say king krab) noun 1. a large deep sea crab, Pseudocarcinus gigas, found in depths to 600 metres off southern Australia. 2. → horseshoe crab. 3. a large crab, Paralithodes camtschatica, widely distributed in coastal waters of the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • king crab — noun a) a highly prized crab like crustacean b) a king and a three as a starting hand in Texas hold ’em Syn: stone crab …   Wiktionary

  • king crab — noun 1》 another term for horseshoe crab. 2》 N. Amer. an edible crab of the North Pacific, resembling a spider crab. [Genus Paralithodes.] …   English new terms dictionary

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